Saturday, April 23, 2011
Mayday! Mayday! Audio Tapes from Fatal Deutsche Bank Fire Played for Jury in Trial
"We're getting no water on (15)," a firefighter stated on audio from the fatal Deutsche Bank fire in lower Manhattan on August 18, 2007. The audio was played for the Jury during the trial of three building contractors charged in the deaths of two FDNY firefighters: Joseph Graffignino and Robert Beddia. The Deutsche Bank building was heavily damaged from the collapse of the adjacent World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and was being demolished when the fire occured in 2007. At the center of the trial against the contractors is the inoperability of the building's standpipe system which, according to testimony and audio of the fire, was broken at the time of the fire. For more on the audio, click here.